Thousands of shipping crew stranded as countries tighten borders

Between January and March, Artham Menon* has seen enough to last him a lifetime. A crew member onboard an oil tanker, Menon was around 1,000km from Wuhan when coronavirus began to ravage the Chinese city. On January 4, his ship docked close to Qingdao port in the neighbouring Shandong province. It had 1 lakh tonnes.

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More than 25,000 crew, passengers on over 700 ships not allowed to disembark at Indian ports: Shipping Ministry official

To contain the spread of deadly coronavirus, the government has so far prevented more than 25,000 crew and passengers on board over 700 ships from disembarking on Indian shores, a Shipping Ministry official said. Apart from restricting cargo handling, the government had last week prohibited entry of any international cruise ship, crew or passengers with.

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Costa cancels all cruises around world over virus

Costa said Friday it was suspending all of its cruises around the world until April 3 over the coronavirus outbreak as governments step up measures to contain the outbreak. Several of the Italian company”s liners have been blocked in recent weeks over suspected or confirmed cases of the coronavirus and it has already halted cruises.

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India to block cruise ships not having permits before Jan 1

The Indian government has announced strict guidelines for international cruise ships to call on a port in the country to curb the Covid-19 outbreak. The advisory follows the case of several cruise ships like Diamond Princess which became infestations of the virus and are stuck at the ports. A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been.

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Singapore to allow ship barred by Malaysia and Thailand to dock

Singapore will allow a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people to dock after it was barred by Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears, officials said Monday. The Costa Fortuna was turned away from the Thai holiday island of Phuket and the Malaysian state of Penang in recent days, despite having no suspected virus cases among.

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Mangaluru port authorities deny entry to cruise ship

A cruise ship with a Panama flag has been turned back at the New Mangalore Port here following the Centre”s advisory in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. The vessel ”MSC Lirica” was sent back on Saturday as the Union Ministry of Shipping had directed all ports not to allow any cruise ship.

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Jalesh Cruises to introduce second ship by October 2020

Subhash Chandra-owned Essel Group’s Jalesh Cruises, which sailed its first ship Karnika on April 17 last year, is planning to introduce a second vessel by October 2020 following robust demand for cruise tourism in India. “We witnessed huge demand since Karnika sailed from Mumbai on April 17, 2019. We are witnessing huge growth in bookings..

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Bangladesh, Indian cruise passengers to get on-arrival visa

Shipping secretaries of Bangladesh and India have decided to address on-arrival visas for cruise ship passengers visiting each others countries. Bangladesh Shipping Ministry Secretary Abdus Samad said: “We have agreed to issue on-arrival visa for cruise passengers as they are mostly tourists.” The decision came at a shipping secretary level meeting of both nations’ Shipping.

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Cochin port introduces Helicopter service for cruise tourists

As a step towards adding more attractions and interesting experience to Cruise Tourists a helicopter service has been introduced from Willingdon Island, Cochin by M/s. Chipsan Aviation in association with District Tourism Promotion Council, Kerala Tourism, Greenix Village. The helicopter service was formally inaugurated by Dr. M. Beena, IAS, Chairperson, Cochin Port Trust on 20/11/2019..

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